As described earlier, in order to run a 64-bit version of CentOS, you need to have the following:
- a processor that can handle 64-bit
- 4 GB RAM
I’m assuming that you are Windows user. Let’s face it, it is a Microsoft world out there. You Mac OS X users please do not bother putting down your Starbucks beverage and type a hastily reply, you might ruin your manicured nails. And yes, I am addressing the “male” userbase of Mac OS X here too
So, in order to check if your computer can run a 64-bit version of CentOS. You should go to Microsft Support and type in the search box ”How to determine if I can run 64-bit Windows X”. Replace “X” with the Windows version you are currently using; i.e. Vista, 7, or 8. In the search results you’ll find instructions in how to determine wether you can run 64-bit or not.
Don’t let “32-bit Operating System” in this dialogue box fool you! It doesn’t mean that you can’t run 64-bit, it means that the current Operating System is 32-bit. Don’t be ashamed, it fooled me too and quite a few times I might add
In this specefic case, the dialogue box is not from my system, this user could run a 64-bit Operating System if he added 1 GB of RAM His processor can run 64-bit, as you can read here.